OCZ Vendetta 2 Reviewajmatson - April 10, 2008
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For the idle and load stock temperatures, the OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU cooler had around the same temperatures as the other coolers it was compared to, but when the processor was overclocked it's true colors started to shine through. While idling and overclocked, the Vendetta 2 tied the Thermalright Ultra, and was only one degree warmer than the water cooled system. At full load it was the coolest of all the air coolers and just a bit higher than H2O. Those are very good temps, especially considering the cost between the air and water cooling setup. The fan on the OCZ Vendetta 2 is very quiet and has no vibration noise whatsoever. The fact that this cooler can work on different platforms is a plus, and it includes all the necessary hardware to handle said platforms. OCZ also includes a thermal paste to use if you have no other preference or supply, so no extra costs are needed when installing.
The biggest problem that I found with the OCZ Vendetta 2 is, that when installed on my Gigabyte X38 motherboard, the cooler covered slots one and two for the memory unless the fan was pointed to the rear of the case, which then slot one was the only one covered. For an AMD system, the fan can only be installed pointing up or down due to the retention bracket, so slots one and two will be blocked again. This happened when I tried the cooler on an AMD 780G board. This inhibits a user from possibly using thier memory in dual channel, unless they have a motherboard with the RAM slots farther from the CPU slot. I tried the cooler on three different motherboards with several different sets of RAM, and all had the same result. The fins of the heatsink would come in contact with the PC Board of the memory, not allowing a flush contact with the CPU. Also, because of the size of the heatsink, it is a tight fit in my full size ATX case, and might be too big for some smaller cases. If you have the room to spare in your case, then the OCZ Vendetta 2 is an ideal cooling solution.
- Superior cooling temperatures.
- Silent operation.
- Supports multiple platforms.
- Heat Pipe Direct Touch design.
- 24 Month Warranty.
- Might not fit is some cases.
- Blocks the memory slots on the motherboard.